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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Memorial Day Exhibition: "Freedom's On Me"
    who were killed in action Created by FIDM Graduate Poto Leifi the posters are reminiscent of the patriotic posters displayed in America s downtown storefronts during World War II The title of Leifi s special art project Freedom s On Me is a patriotic twist on the expression Drinks are on me Learn more about Leifi s project on the artist s website Freedom s On Me opens at the FIDM Museum on Friday May 24 2013 at 11 30 am The opening event will include a public ceremony a Color Guard greetings from the City of Los Angeles Mayor s office and a welcome from the artist Poto Leifi To attend the opening event please send an email to RSVP FIDMmuseum org Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post Verify your Comment Previewing your Comment Posted by This is only a preview Your comment has not yet been posted Your comment could not be posted Error type Your comment has been saved Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author Post another comment The letters and numbers you entered did not match

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Versace Mare bikini, c. 1994
    laying island located in the South Pacific Réard s name for the revealing swimsuit stuck and a new style of swimwear was born Bikini Gianni Versace Versace Mare c 1994 1999 Gift of Dorothy Washington Sorensen S2010 1110 83A D Though bikinis were spotted on the French Riviera as early as 1947 it wasn t until the late 1950s that bikinis began to gain widespread public acceptance in the United States As described in the 1960 song I tsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini many women were reluctant to display their bikini clad bodies in public Splashy Suits to Swim In a 1959 editorial in Life magazine noted that bikinis were slowly becoming more popular particularly in parts of the country where private pools allowed women to sport a bikini in solitude 2 As the 1960s progressed the decade s emphasis on youth culture and experimentation gradually pushed the bikini to center stage By the time Gianni Versace designed this colorful bikini the body baring bikini swimsuit was well established In many of his designs Versace explored the tension between revealing and concealing the body a tension inherent in the bikini With its vibrant pattern and revealing cut this Versace Mare bikini is made for an extrovert someone who wouldn t mind attracting the gaze of others The structured top and high cut bottoms are printed with a multi colored pop art inspired pattern of hearts squares and cursive text Possibly lyrics to a song the text reads he likes Rock and roll she likes royalty she loves boys The top fastens with a silvertone clasp stamped with a Medusa design an image that Versace used repeatedly on his buttons and other fasteners S2010 1110 83A D 1 Quoted in Webber Hanchett Tiffany Bikini Encyclopedia of Clothing and

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2013/05/versace-mare-bikini-c-1994.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Evening dress, c. 1926
    replaced by adoration of adolescent like figures Body baring fashions were all the rage sleeveless styles showed toned arms while raised hemlines revealed bony knees With this new silhouette elasticized undergarments replaced the rigid boned corsets that had dominated and shaped women s fashion throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries This couture quality dress was entirely hand embroidered to shape A tambour hook a small embroidery tool was used to affix minute metal and iridescent gelatin sequins as well as glass bugle beads to a foundation of silk netting in concentric and geometric shapes The opposing planes of silvery decoration mimic the Art Deco era s love of machine polished and faceted chrome steel Hem detail Nineteen twenties evening dress was made for movement and eveningwear was designed with the dance floor in mind New dresses demanded new dances and frenetic dances like the Charleston and the Blackbottom ruled the dance floor Weighted with beads and sequins the saw tooth hem of this dress would have swung wildly as its wearer shimmied on the dance floor Some vigorous dancers literally shook the embellishment off their dresses According to a brief 1926 article Sparkling sequins give a shimmering effect on the dance frocks in London s ballrooms but after the dances are over the floor sweepers have a busy time clearing sequins up from the floor 1 Another 1927 article described a tragic unexpected danger associated with sequined dresses electrocution 2 As the 20 year old Folies Bergere actress Cosette Gaillard exited the stage the hem of her sequin embellished white dress came in contact with a frayed live wire The metal sequins conducted 200 volts through her body and she was knocked unconscious Gaillard woke for a brief time but died in hospital the next morning 1 Sparkling Sequins

    Original URL path: http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2013/05/evening-dress-c-1926.html (2016-02-12)
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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Event: Fashion in the Age of Louis XV
    18 th century Paris Using a live model historian Maxwell Barr will explore the wardrobe of an 18 th century Parisian woman from the inside out garment by garment Historically accurate examples of fashionable morning midday afternoon and evening dress will provide insight into the textiles design craftsmanship and cultural ideals of fashion in the age of Louis XV Tickets for this event are 35 per person or 20 for students with ID Purchase tickets via the FIDM Museum Shop Fashion in the Age of Louis XV will be held at the Fullerton College Wilshire Auditorium 321 E Chapman Avenue Fullerton CA 92832 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post Verify your Comment Previewing your Comment Posted by This is only a preview Your comment has not yet been posted Your comment could not be posted Error type Your comment has been saved Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author Post another comment The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image Please try again As a final step before posting your comment enter the letters and numbers you see

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Fashion Birthday: Miuccia Prada
    a member of the Italian Communist Party Prada was a reluctant participant in the fashion industry taking over her family s luxury leather goods company in 1977 only at her mother s urging She gradually expanded the company s offerings introducing a black nylon backpack in 1984 Like many of her subsequent accessory designs Miuccia Prada s low key backpack was snatched up by fashion insiders After the success of this relatively modest backpack Prada expanded into womenswear in 1989 Miu Miu a secondary line sometimes called Prada s little sister and a line of menswear soon followed Miuccia Prada s aesthetic often references fashions of past decades but her designs aren t purely retro Instead Prada s work concentrates the relevant elements of vintage style into clothing suited for the present These shapely silk satin pumps suggest the strict glamorous shoe styles of the 1950s Though they hint at the past particularly at the work of Roger Vivier details like slightly squared toes and off kilter bows lift these elegant pumps out of the past 2005 5 91AB We re fortunate to have another fantastic pair of Prada shoes in our collection Dating from Spring Summer 2008 the fanciful orchid shoes are a dramatically different display of Miuccia Prada s creativity Want to compare and contrast See Prada s purple and green orchid shoes here 1 Fashion The Magnificent Seven Miuccia Prada Prada Vogue Sep 1 2005 668 2 Spring 2013 Ready To Wear Prada Runway Review Phelps Nicole Style com September 20 2012 Accessed May 9 2013 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post Also Miuccia Prada s work is featured in the new eagerly anticipated film version of The Great Gatsby 2013 Prada worked

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Merlot-Larchevêque day ensemble, c. 1867
    Larchevêque active c 1855 1880s advertised her dressmaking establishment in the most popular American women s magazine of the time Godey s Lady s Book Her showroom was located on the Boulevard des Capucines across from the luxurious Grand Hotel and conveniently English was spoken there Godey s described the luxurious textiles from which a lady could commission a gown We enter the inner sanctum of Mme Merlot Larchevêque and see tissues of the most exquisite hues of the richest textures and in an unprecedented variety thrown round in the greatest profusion 1 The brilliant aniline dyed color of this silk faille and taffeta gown was fashionably termed sulphur yellow 2 1 Godey s Lady s Book February 1867 204 2 Godey s Lady s Book November 1867 460 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post Verify your Comment Previewing your Comment Posted by This is only a preview Your comment has not yet been posted Your comment could not be posted Error type Your comment has been saved Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author Post another comment The letters and

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Printed cotton parasol, c. 1909-1919
    Saugatuck investors built the Big Pavilion an enormous hall used for dances concerts and other special events The Big Pavilion cemented Saugatuck s status as a fashionable destination Given their casual attire and the outdoor setting the two women pictured in this photo were probably enjoying a relaxed summer vacation in Saugatuck A printed cotton parasol was donated along with this c 1911 image The donor believed that the parasol might be one of the two pictured in the snapshot Though we can t be sure it s a very similar style An important accessory parasols were very much in vogue during this period In addition to providing protection from the sun colorful parasols added that little something extra to a summer ensemble And as Vogue noted in 1916 parasols had one undeniable advantage they keep one out in the open air 1 Parasol c 1909 1919 Gift of Kathryn Alessio Estate 2010 813 2 With a Made in Japan label encircling the tip our printed cotton parasol was definitely made for export Because of their typically bright colors and relatively low cost Japanese made paper or cotton umbrellas were often used as parasols Unlike costly silk parasols these parasols were a practical choice for the beach and other holiday destinations A 1919 Vogue article on beach accessories highlighted the price difference a silk pongee parasol cost 10 55 including a 55 cent luxury tax while a Japanese paper parasol was listed at 1 50 The same article noted that a 4 5 foot wide Japanese umbrella listed at 2 50 would make a perfect beach umbrella 2010 813 2 1 Fashion The Shady Side of Things Vogue Aug 15 1916 76 2 Fashion Suits and Accessories for Bathing Vogue Jun 15 1919 62 Posted by FIDM Museum Permalink Comments

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  • FIDM Museum Blog: Sailor suits
    children closely resembled actual naval uniforms In 1886 the U S Navy changed its regulations declaring that the middy top would be worn untucked and children followed suit Trim including chevrons eagles anchors and stars also mimicked the symbols of rank worn on naval uniforms An embroidery pattern in the September 1906 issue of The Ladies Home Journal provided detailed instructions for embroidering eagles anchors and stars on both girls and boys sailor suits As shown in the image below both accessories and toys were created with the sailor suit in mind Sailor ensemble and beret 1905 10 Sailor ensemble Museum Purchase 81 25 2A C Hat Gift of the Manlove Family 2006 870 77 Unlike another style of dress for young boys the Little Lord Fauntleroy suit no widespread evidence suggests that children disliked wearing sailor suits In fact children might have enjoyed its distinct appearance almost like a fancy dress costume and its association with military might For parents the appeal of the sailor suit was probably in its versatility and durability Usually made of washable sturdy fabrics like wool serge sailor suits allowed relative freedom of movement and could be easily cleaned Depending on fabric and trim sailor suits could also be appropriate for a variety of social situations In May 1904 Harper s Bazaar called a sailor suit the most serviceable all around frock a girl can have Girl s sailor middy top C 1920 Gift of the Manlove Family 2006 870 69 Probably due to their military origins and thus an association with order unified purpose and discipline sailor suits were frequently worn as school uniforms This red wool twill sailor top was probably worn as a gym uniform with the pair of black bloomers seen in this post A movement to educate girls rather than finish them emerged in the late nineteenth century Games and athletics were an important part of the curriculum at schools with a more educational bent and female students required appropriate dress Sailor suits when worn with bloomers allowed freedom of movement while maintaining modesty When found in museum collections sailor suits worn as uniforms often bear labels naming the wearer The FIDM Museum example bears a label reading Ruth T Manlove a relative of the donors Another label reads Bonnie Briar which is probably the school Miss Manlove attended Back view 2006 870 69 Though full sailor suits were most commonly worn by children elements of nautical style were absorbed into adult dress Nautical influences including blue and white stripes square sailor collars and wide loose trousers are enduring elements of spring and summer dress A recent interpretation of these elements can be seen in the 2010 Chanel Resort collection The most spectacular example of fashionable nautical dress in the FIDM Museum collection is probably the 1950s Norman Norell dress seen below We featured this dress in a post last August you can read more Norman Norell and his enduring interest in sailor styles here Day dress Norman Norell

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